On November 27, 2018 Oshawa Power hosted its first Contractor Safety Day. The workshop hosted guest speakers from the Ministry of Labour (MOL), Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) and CHS Health & Safety Solutions Inc. Our speakers focussed on powerline safety, public and worker safety, and accident prevention. An alarming fact is that the province of Ontario suffered 5 electrical-related fatalities in 20171, all of which were preventable.
“Our message today is that we are here to support contractors who are conducting work in our service territory. We will assist them in their efforts to ensure the safest work environment possible when working around or near electrical infrastructure. Through education and communication we can maintain Oshawa’s stellar safety record. Prevention is key,” said Sarah Del Gatto, Health and Safety Manager, Oshawa Power.
The event was well attended by local contractors, safety professionals, and service providers. Oshawa Power in partnership with industry speakers and attendees took the first step in establishing industry relationships that strengthen our region’s resolve in achieving zero workplace incidents. . Electrical safety is everyone’s responsibility.
“It was encouraging to see the level of interest and engagement among all attendees who are striving to improve safety through enhanced cooperation and communication. Safety is a culture that needs to be fostered and supported through industry leadership; Oshawa Power is here to do that for anyone working in our region. Our goal is to protect workers and the general public. Safety is paramount,” commented Matt Strecker, Vice President, Engineering and Operations.
Contractors who are performing any type of work around or near the electrical distribution system in Oshawa can call Oshawa Power for a safety consultation free of charge. Oshawa Power will help identify potential hazards, provide recommendations regarding safe work practices, and if necessary, provide a quote for any work that the utility may be required to do, in order to achieve safe working conditions, if the cost or scope required exceeds basic allowances outlined in the Conditions of Service.
Contractors also have access to a new website feature called Contractor’s Corner. Contractor’s Corner can be found on Oshawa Power’s homepage and provides easy access to service application forms, service upgrade forms, guidelines, requirements and any additional information relevant to contractors.
Attendees who participated in Contractor Safety Day include:
- Black and Macdonald
- Brass Inc.
- Burman Energy
- CFI Electric Ltd
- Chin Fatt Ltd
- Cliff Bruton Safety Consulting Inc
- Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
- Enbridge Gas
- Hayatt Electric Contracting
- Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
- Lamplighter Electric
- Lit Electrical Contractors Inc.
- Ministry of Labour (MOL)
- Monteiro Electric
- Ontario One Call
- Professional Personnel & Skilled Trades
- Superior Solutions Contracting
- Tharanee Electrical Services
- Townsend Electric
- Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
- Westmore Poleline & Electric Inc.
1 Source: ESA and Coroner Records